"He was hitting the ball hard," said Ross, the Nationals' No. 3 prospect. "Those home runs, they were OK pitches. I wouldn't say down the middle. Obviously, he has a lot of power. I kind of learned my lesson. Be a little more careful next time."
Ross acknowledged that he was tired when he started the seventh inning. It didn't help that he singled during the top of the inning and had to run the bases. After the home runs to Duda, Ross allowed a one-out double to Kelly Johnson and left the game with a no-decision.
Teammates Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond came away impressed with what they saw from Ross on the mound.
"[He has the] ability to make pitches, [he has good] stuff," Werth said. "His mound presence, demeanor -- he is out there pitching like he has been around a while. I think he has a future in this game."
Said Desmond, "He is going to be around this game for a long time. He has some serious composure on the mound. That's what impressed me the most."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.